It is the belief of the Academic Senate that the college's capacity to serve the student
will be strengthened by greater involvement in institutional planning by that sector
of the college community that is closest to the student, the instructor. Furthermore,
it is the aspiration of the senate that this involvement will be an integral part
of the continuous assessment and improvement of the college's methods of serving the
student. Finally, it is assumed that collective involvement will create a broader
repository of institutional philosophy and methods of implementing these goals, thus
increasing the stability and continuity of these goals and methods, and making them
less sensitive to change in key personnel.
The effectiveness of faculty contributions to institutional policy development is
predicated not only on the quality of the contribution, but also on the extent to
which the contribution truly is a part of the policy development process. This does
not confer policy-making power on this contributor, nor does it confer immunity from
rejection of his/her ideas. But, it does make him/her a member of the policy developing
The Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 48 and subsequent state regulations on community
college senates define senate membership criteria, which accommodates community of
interest. This is necessary foundation to representative inter-group communication.
No group or organization can be representative of a community of interest, which is
not selected by and answerable to that community of interest.
The Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees specifically addresses Academic Senate's
responsibility in shared governance. See a link to current board policy below.
AHC Board Policy on Shared Governance
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